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Nikkei nudges up on better-than-expected U.S. data

TOKYO, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose at Tuesday's open after data showed U.S. manufacturing expanded in September, beating expectations, while a softer yen lent support to export-driven stocks.

The Nikkei

rose 0.3 percent to 8,826.29 while the broader Topix

stepped up 0.4 percent to 735.24.

(Reporting by Sophie Knight; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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